Screen Dependency Can Damage Your Child’s Brain, Psychologists Warn

Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD) which is caused by prolonged use of mobile devices.


If you are a parent who has a habit of handing over a tablet or smartphone every time your child is bored or throws a tantrum, then you have to hear what experts have to say!

SmartParenting stated, “a myriad of symptoms, including insomnia, backache, weight gain or loss, eyesight problems, headaches, and poor nutrition as physical symptoms.” All of these symptoms are brought by Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD) which is caused by prolonged use of mobile devices.

Emotional symptoms such as anxiety, dishonesty, loneliness etc are also caused because of SDD.

Dr. Aric Sigman, psychologist and author of the mentioned research paper stated that Internet Addiction Disorder and SDD are very similar conditions.

According to him, screen addicts exhibit behaviors such as “withdrawal symptoms, increased tolerance (of screen use), failure to stop screen activities, loss of outside interests, continuation despite negative consequences, lying about the extent of use, and using the device to escape adverse moods.”

Past studies are proof that people with SDD have abnormalities of both grey and white matter in their brains, which consequently leads to damage to the brain.

Easier ways have been suggested by family development specialists to take the device away from your child. They also say that it is completely normal to be frightened if your children are unable to perform daily life routines without staying in touch with the screen.

Consultants suggest to monitor your child’s activity and report the routine to the doctor who will also have their own set of questions and tests for the child.

Claudette Avelino-Tandoc, a Family Life and Child Development Specialist said, “Parents are dealing with 21st-century learners, what we call ‘digital natives.’ They should allow their kids to manipulate these tools. However, balance is the keyword.”

For a healthy life, children ages 2 to 5 should have a maximum of one hour screen time per day. Babies younger than 18 months should not be allowed screen time at all. For school-aged children and adolescents, the idea is to balance media use with other healthy behaviors.

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